TU named “Green College” by Princeton Review, U.S. Green Building Council

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges profiles the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges and universities

The University of Tulsa is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges — one of only two Oklahoma universities to be named a “green college” by The Princeton Review.

“Guide to 286 Green Colleges” is a comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives. The guide was developed by the Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Princeton Review cited TU’s numerous environmental initiatives, including: 

  • powering campus shuttles with compressed natural gas
  • choosing green-certified products for 90 percent of school cleaning products 
  • placing recycling bins readily available in buildings and during events 
  • using cooking oil from dining areas to develop biodiesel 
  • implementing energy-saving techniques for all planned building upgrades

TU joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives. The Princeton Review’s green guide also provides important information on schools that have dedicated environmental studies curriculums.

Additionally, TU conducts advanced research in algae biofuels, rainforest biomes, sustainable microeconomic activities (like the Eat Local movement), Tall Grass Prairie preservation, sustainable energy management and much more. The TU College of Law has recently launched the Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (REEL) certificate program and TU is home to the National Energy Policy Institute (NEPI), which seeks to find sustainable energy sources that mitigate global warming and national security challenges.

TU undergraduate students have designed award-winning hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, eco-latrines for Bolivian villagers, wind turbines for remote Chinese locations and Costa Rican Rain Forest studies.

The Princeton Review’s guide to green colleges can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.

About The University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa is a private university providing a comprehensive educational experience to more than 4,100 students from across the United States and around the world. With outstanding facilities, a vibrant residential campus and a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, TU has been recognized as one of the 50 “Best Value” private universities by USA Today and the Princeton Review, and ranked 83rd among doctoral institutions and 47th among private universities on U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 survey.

About The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 28 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the Company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The Company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education. Penn Foster provides career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School (www.pennfoster.edu), which are headquartered in Scranton, PA.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,500 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion in U.S. gross domestic product from 2009 – 2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, teachers and students. Building in the United States are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 15 percent of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green buildings has the potential to generate 2.5 million jobs in America.

David Hamby